UNsubscribe from a
secrets of how to
leave a list gracefully
an email to the list
because to leave (or join) a list you must send your message to a different
- If you remember how you
subscribed (look in your 'sent' folder?) do the opposite
in order to unsubscribe. e.g.
- If the word 'subscribe'
was in the address,
change it to 'unsubscribe'.
- If the word 'subscribe'
was in the subject line
of your email, change it to 'unsubscribe'.
- Other 'unsubscribe'
words that list robots might understand are 'signoff', 'leave' or
'help'. (They don't understand swear words.)
- Some list robots like
you to add your name or email address after a space on the same line as
your 'unsubscribe' word.
- Even if the above actions
fail, you should receive a 'help file' from the list robot (or the list
that reveals the secrets of cyberspace and instructions on how to leave
- Follow the instructions you
received (and carefully saved!) when you first joined the list. No
luck? Then ...
- Find where you saved the
instructions by using 'find' to search your email directory or hard
disc. No luck? Then ...
- Find the instructions by
searching the list archives (on the list web site or via email
commands). Look for a helpful message (e.g. from the List Owner), or...
out a second
subscription!! (You may need to
do this with a new name or a new address.) Why? Because when you
subscribe you receive information about how to unsubscribe! Now that
you know what to do, remember to unsubscribe from both
addresses! Still subscribed? Then...
your subscription details
the ListOwner has disabled this option ...
Take a look at the list of list members (on the list web site or via
email commands) and see if you can spot the name you used when you
first subscribed. Look carefully: you might have misspelled your name,
put it in quote marks or added a thank you message. This means that if
you subscribed as: 'Home
R Simpsn' Thanks! you will
need to unsubscribe as: 'Home
R Simpsn' Thanks! and ...
- ... while checking your
name, also check your address. Have you changed your address, or your
alias, or your service provider, or your account settings on your email
software? and ...
- If the 'to' header for your
incoming mail from the list shows your address, check that it is exactly
the same as the address from
which you are sending your 'unsubscribe' request. This is because some
list servers get their information from message headers and may also
not have any interest in the text of the message that you send.
try this …
you have or know of a source of better advice?
- Go to the List Website or
ask the List Owner
- Become an expert in
unsubscribing by reading the article 'Getting off a mailing list...' by
Stephanie and Peter da Silva at http://paml.net/gettingoff.html
- As a last
resort (a bit desperate and probably bad advice!) set up a filter on
your email software to automatically delete incoming emails from the
list. Not a good idea if you might want to rejoin the list and forget
that you have set up autodelete!
- Don't be shy! Go back to the 'don't'
at the top of the list and risk being unpopular. Maybe there are lots
of people who want to leave but can't work out how to or daren't ask!
Try not to blame others if you have forgotten the name and address you
used when you signed up, or if you deleted the unsubscribe information
that you were asked to save!
Do you disagree with any of the above?
Please let me know at
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